MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 12, 2019) – West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that Chad Scott will join the Mountaineer coaching staff as an assistant coach on the offensive side. Brown will announce the staff assignments at a later time.
“Chad and I have been together at a number of stops, and he will be a great fit on our coaching staff,” Brown said. “He has experience in the SEC, Big 12, ACC and Sun Belt along with being a tireless recruiter. He has been a part of some prolific offenses during his tenure and his ability as a teacher and coach will be an outstanding addition to our staff. Chad will do a great job for us.”
Scott is reunited with Brown after working with him during three different coaching tenures: Kentucky (RB/2013-14), Texas Tech (RB/2010-12) and Troy (RB/2007-09). He comes to Morgantown after serving as the tight ends and hybrids coach at North Carolina since 2016.
“First off, I am excited to get to work! I’m honored to be a part of Neal Brown’s staff and look forward to assisting in continuing to build the rich tradition at West Virginia,” Scott said. “I can’t wait to meet the players and will work hard in helping to develop these young men on and off the field. My family and I are excited to come to Morgantown and be a part of the Mountaineer Football family and Mountaineer Nation.”
In 2018, the Tar Heel offense ranked No. 31 nationally in total offense, averaging 442.1 yards per game. Tight end Carl Tucker was named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list, and he and his teammate, Jake Bargas, averaged more than 10 yards per reception.
Brandon Fritts, who caught 25 passes and scored four touchdowns in 2017, was the team’s fourth-leading receiver, Tucker averaged 16.7 yards per catch and Bargas finished with eight catches for 72 yards.
In 2016, Scott was part of an offensive staff that oversaw the establishment of more than 40 individual and team records, including passing yards and passing yards per game. The tight ends were the most inexperienced position group on the team, but they made valuable contributions as the Tar Heels won eight games and played Stanford in the Sun Bowl. Tucker and Fritts averaged more than 10 yards per reception. Tucker also was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference freshman by Athlon.
Scott returned to Chapel Hill after coaching at Kentucky, where he tutored running backs from 2013-15 and was the run-game coordinator in 2014-15. He helped develop a solid Wildcat running attack that featured Stanley Williams, who rushed for 7.1 yards per carry, and Jojo Kemp, who gained 5.7 yards per attempt.
In his six seasons at Troy and Texas Tech, Scott’s teams averaged 34.1 points per game.
He spent three seasons at Texas Tech from 2010-12. While the Red Raiders were known for throwing the ball, Scott’s running backs made significant contributions to the offense. The Red Raiders rushed for 135.7 yards per game and scored 52 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons. TTU’s primary running backs averaged 5.0 yards per rushing attempt.
Scott inherited a running attack that ranked No. 115 in rushing offense in 2009 at 84 yards per game, improving that mark in his first season to No. 75 nationally with 141.3 yards per contest. The team’s leading rusher, Baron Batch, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent three years with that team.
The improvements continued in Scott’s second season as Texas Tech was on pace to have its best year rushing since the late 1990s before Tech’s top two rushers sustained season-ending injuries. The Red Raider running backs still rushed for 1,516 yards on the season.
In 2012, TTU averaged 139.9 yards per game on the ground with three backs rushing for more than 400 yards each. Texas Tech defeated Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in 2012 and beat Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl in 2010.
Scott earned his first full-time coaching job at Troy as an assistant coach for running backs from 2007-09, helping lead the Trojans to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championships and a pair of appearances in the New Orleans Bowl.
Scott was a part of an offensive turnaround at Troy, inheriting an offense that ranked No. 66 in rushing offense and No. 77 in total offense prior to his arrival. In just one season, Troy moved to No. 35 nationally in rushing offense with 182.6 yards per game and No. 16 in total offense with 452.8 yards per contest. In his final season at Troy, the Trojans ranked No. 3 in the nation in total offense.
In each of Scott’s first two seasons, he coached an All-Sun Belt Conference player in Kenny Cattouse and DuJuan Harris. Harris, who has played in the NFL for seven years, ranked No. 2 in the conference in rushing in 2008 with 1,077 yards.
In Scott’s last season at Troy, he coached Shawn Southward, who rushed for 602 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors.
A native of Plant City, Florida, Scott began his collegiate playing career at Kentucky before transferring to North Carolina, where he lettered in 2004 and 2005. He earned first-team All-ACC honors from ESPN.com after rushing for 796 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Scott made his first career start as a Tar Heel against No. 4 Miami and rushed for a career-high 175 yards on 25 carries and scored twice in a 31-28 victory.
Scott spent time in the National Football League with Cleveland and Pittsburgh before returning to his alma mater in 2006 as a graduate assistant video analyst.
Scott graduated from UNC in 2004 with a degree in sociology. He is married to the former Shambrica Jones, who played basketball at Kentucky.
The couple have a daughter, Kori, and a son, Jakobe.
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Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications